(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Continuation will be dependent on funding, job performance, and continued need for the appointment.)
Work Location: Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology, LSU Ag Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Responsibilities: Conduct field and laboratory research on molecular biology of plant pathogens. Routine duties include: collecting plant tissue sample from affected trees in urban landscape, perform DNA isolation, PCR and restriction digestion, gel electrophoresis, and DNA sequence analysis; and daily lab activities including, maintaining experimental materials, equipment, and plant tissue specimens.
Qualification Requirements: M. S. or PhD degree in Plant pathology, Entomology or related field. Excellent skills in molecular biology techniques are required as is willingness to learn new techniques. Experience in working with fungi, microbial cultures, and/or microscopy is preferred. Experience with scouting of insect pests and diseases in the field is required. A valid Louisiana State driver’s license is required at the time of appointment. The successful candidate must be willing to use his/her own vehicle to travel to sampling sites, if needed. The successful candidate must be fluent in speaking English.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Current benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.
Application Deadline: June 15, 2019 or until a suitable applicant is located.
Application Procedure: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter along with current resume, transcripts, and contact information for three references. Paper, faxed or emailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:
Dr. Raj Singh
Dept. of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, LSU Agricultural Center
302 Life Sciences Building, Baton Rouge, LA. 70803
Tel: (225) 578-4562, Fax: (225) 578-1415